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No sound on Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop help

Question: No sound on Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop help

I have been trying to get an old Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop working with the help of the very helpful people on this site and I am very nearly there but for one problem I can't get any sound.I have 2 hard drives the original one which is very small and as such everything was going at a snails pace it could take 5 mins just to open up Word etc so I have replaced it with a larger hard Drive which works a great deal quicker But I just cant get the sound to work. I have checked out the sound in control panel and all the options are greyed out and when I went to device manager everything was ther ok except for "Sigma Tel C-MAJOR Audio (with a yellow !) I clicked on this and ticked the option to update driver and it came back with unable to find a better one than the one installed can any one help me out wit what could be the problem Cheers Ray

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Answer: No sound on Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop help

I have had similar problems. First things is older laptops will be slower and the clock rates inside are slower and the software is getting mor demanding on speed.I would recommend reinstalling XP (I assume it's this) to clean everything out). You should have the DELL discs, if not get them from DELL. Make sure you extract all Keys from the laptop first so the reinstall is legit and you can get all the updates (SP3 etc).If you don't want to do that get the audio driver from DELL (that's what I did on the same laptop some time ago).I would not think the laptop can be upgraded to Vista (too slow) but you may consider Ubuntu as an alternative (may not be quicker but just a thought).Google your problems and you should get answers for a common laptop such as that one.

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I have a problem with a laptop that I was hoping someone here could help me with. I installed Free AVG antivirus and after the restart I got a Stop screen (Blue Screen of Death). I feal sure I can fix what AVG screwed up, but I can't get it to reboot. I've tried the power button and reset button above the keyboard but nothing. I also tried Ctrl-Alt-Delete with the same result. This may seem like a very stupid question, but keep in mind this is the first laptop I have delt with. I appreciate any help you can give.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 Laptop

Boot into safemode and attempt to remove AVG from there.

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Last turned off night i turned off my laptop as usual on the power on/off button. Now when i try turning it on it shows black screen, and you can here the fan start then it goes off in two secs. I tried holding the power button down but it just keeps cutting off. There's no show on the screen. someone out there, please give me a clue. The motherboard is new!.

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My laptop fan comes on briefly, the power light also comes on green briefly, then shuts down. The power light continues to slowly blink until I press it for a second, then it too shuts off. If I hold it down for a few seconds, I can hear a faint click, and it resumes slowly flashing. But it won't start.

Can anyone suggest a solution to this problem. I did have the same problem a few weeks ago, and took it into a computer repair shop for repair. They gave it back to me, saying there was nothing wrong with it. And indeed it worked fine again: until this morning.

Would this have anything to do with the fact that I recently started shutting down the power to the transformer when it was turned off? My idea was to save on the electricity being used by the transformer when the computer was not being used. But now I'm thinking that wasn't such a good idea especially given that the transformer really doesn't use a great deal of power in the great scheme of things.

If anyone could help me get machine going again I would appreciate it. This machine is now about three or four years old and has given sterling service until now! I'm hoping I don't have to retire it yet!

All my best to the tech support guys on a very snowy March morning (here in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario it's pretty snowy anyway!)

Robert
 

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When left on, the computer sometimes shuts itself off. Didn't used to do that. It is not in "sleep" mode. Thanks for whatever help you can give.
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop with XP Professional

Check for overheating, it's not unknown for that model to have real problems if there is any dust buildup on the fan inside.

Use a can of compressed air in the fan exhaust port.
 

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in your reply to my question you said that you couldn't verify that the inspiron 1100 was mine and therefore could not help me with the password that was enter by original owner. What kind of document do i need to get to you so that you will know that the notebook is mine. The person who gave it to me agreed to fax a document to me indicating that i received it from him. Will that do or do you need something else. please respond. e-mail : [email protected]

Answer:need Dell inspiron 1100 laptop password

your reply to my question was that you needed verification that the inspiron 1100 was mine. It was a gift, but after speaking to the guy who gave it to me said that he would be willing to fax a document to me indication that i received the notebook from him as a gift. will that do? Or do you need something else.

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Can any one tell me where I can get a wireless card that will work with a Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop At the moment I am using one that is connected via the USB and it seems a bit slow as well as the problem with the wires hanging about It was given to me by someone who has updated their laptop and it only has 256 k of memory can this be easily upgraded ? many thanks for the advice

Answer:Addvice on Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop needed

Regarding the wireless, a PCMCIA card like a Netgear WG511T will do apparently click here & specs click here. Is there any particular reason why a USB one is being used at present? Ask the previous owner, & if he/she knows if the PCMCIA slot is functioning OK before buying one. You can also get a better USB one that may give better results.--------------------------------------------Regarding the RAM, you can increase it to a max of 1Gb (2x 512Mb modules) click here. This should help considerably, especially if you can also do a factory restore or fresh OS install.Cheaper RAM from Play at £12.99 each click here. Perhaps get one to start with.You'll most probably need to update the BIOS for more RAM to be recognised - Dell forum thread regarding this click here. Follow the instructions there to update to A22 first. Download for BIOS version A32 & BIOS flashing instructions (for either) at click here. Do exactly as it says & pay close attention to all the warnings. G

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I am trying to buy some RAM for a Dell Inspiron 1100 Laptop. On the crucial website it says that each slot shouldn't exceed 512 MB of RAM. It says there is only a maximum of 1 GB of RAM for this system. I wanted to get 1 GB of Crucial RAM for $32. The only issue is that the RAM comes in a 1GB Module. If I was to buy two 512 MB Modules the price wold be around $15-20 more expensive. Does it really matter if I put in a larger RAM module than what Crucial says the system should use. Any Thoughts would be appreciated.
 

Answer:RAM Maximum per slot for a Dell Inspiron 1100 Laptop.

If you bought that 1gb stick, your laptop would only recognize 512mb.
You'll have to do what crucial says.
 

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I am having a problem with connectivity when trying to use the printer and the above machine. i am not an expert by any means so treat me gently!!Despite loading the printer driver supplied with the printer, when I connect the printer to the laptop via a USB cable and ask it to print a job, it displays an error message along the lines of 'can't find the printer on USB'and will not print.Am I missing something obvious?

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I have Dell 1100 laptop that is running Windows Xp Home.

I use a D-Link G650 card to connect to the Internet. Everything was fine until yesterday.

It appears that my card is not responding--the lights on it don't come on when the PC boots up and even when the boot process is done.

My system tray shows the remark "D-link card not found" and I have no connectivity. I rebotted the machine with the same problem. I haven't reset the D-Link 624 router that I use to connect.

I tried another card in the laptop and I got the same results--no lights on the PC card and no connectivity.

Please advise. I hope it's not the actual PC slot on the laptop sice I don't have a clue about how to repair/replace it??? Is it part of the mobo on the Dell 1100??

Anybody have an idea or clue..
Please advise.
Thanks. Tony
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 Laptop and PC Card Slot Problem?

d-link isn't exactly bad, but thier products aren;t that good either. my first suspect would be the card itself. can you swap it with a known good model or return it?
 

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As the title questions, will a GeForce FX 5600 fit inside my Dell Inspiron 1100 Laptop?
 

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Question: dell inspiron 1100

PLease my friends note book a dell inspirion 1100 has a ton of problems the support cd is missing so and after reinstalling winxp pro for him the vga, lan and sound are not working. Where can I get drivers for these components.thanks

Answer:dell inspiron 1100

If you know what make the components are, then its a case of going to the manufacturers website and searching for the correct drivers. All manufacturers usually have drivers available.If you can't find out what manufacturer, then try the DriverGuide: click here

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Question: Dell Inspiron 1100

I was recently given a Dell Inspiron 1100. The computer itself works, but the screen is completly blank. I hooked another monitor to it and that works. Does anyone have any suggestions as to why the screen isn't working on the laptop?
Thanks.
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100

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Question: Dell Inspiron 1100

I have one, have had many issues with it, and know of many people who had many issues with it. Luckily, I paid quite a cheap price on this laptop. If I hadn't, I'd feel very robbed of my money. All in all, I've heard many, many stories (bad) about this laptop and Dell in general. I think I'll stick to building my own computer.
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100

Dell had some troubles with the Dell 1100, 1150, 5100, 5150, and 5160... all very similar. They were fixed for most users while under warranty. You might want to talk to Dell Tech Support on the phone.
We have several clients with this laptop who are now quite happy with it.
 

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Question: Dell Inspiron 1100

I have a dell inspiron 1100 and it runs great, i put a new hard drive in it and a ram upgrade (256 to 512). It runs GREAT. BUT BUT BUT there is a small problem with it. the battery light always blinks like it is running on reserve... ex: orange-orange-orange-orange-green. It's really annoying, and stressfull on my eyes at times. Is there an upgrade to my bios i can get that will eliminate this? is there a way i can disconnect the battery light? Flat out is there any way i can get rid of this problem cause it's really bugging me. Thanks! (it even does it when it's plugged in)
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100

How old is the battery in that laptop???? Sounds like the battery lagging as when it gets charged up and your using the mains it should stay green
 

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Ok this is the mother of all problems,

My Inspiron has suddenly stopped working. By this I mean when it's turned on all the LEDs light up as they should but the screen is completely dead. I don't think it has something to do with the screen because I have tried connecting it to another monitor but nothing shows because the keyboard doesn't execute what I press. (the caps lock light doesn't light up when I press the key if that means anything). Well that's all about I can tell you that I have done. I tried running just with the battery reinstalled the battery tried using an external keyboard but nothing happened. Another thing is that I used to keep it on alot maybe even for several days I don't know if that might have killed an internal battery even though it used to sleep and I only had it for a year.
any Ideas?
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 dead

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"Another thing is that I used to keep it on alot maybe even for several days I don't know if that might have killed "
Do you hear any Fans ?
Portables are not like Desktops , in that it is not good to leave them on for days at a time .I realize they shut power levels down ,If the APM is set right.
If you are not seeing any screen including boot screens ,just call Dell and make arrangements to send it back for repair (Sounds like your under Warranty)
Don't tell them you leave it on for days , just say it stopped.
BTW Welcome to Techspot!
 

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Hi everybody,

I have an old Dell Inspiron 1100 (Celeron 2.4) with 256MB RAM (two 128MB sticks). A friend of mine gave me a 512MB stick and I happily thought that I finally would be able to upgrade the memory of my old friend. The new memory I got is:

Kingston ValueRAM 512MB 266MHz DDR Non-ECC CL2.5 200 Pin SODIMM
(KVR266X64SC25/512)

However, when I install the new memory the laptop won't start! The LED blinks for 5-10 seconds and then the computer turns off. When I put back my old memory everything works fine again. I've tried it with the new memory alone in both of the empty slots and also together with one of the two 128MB sticks. I've tried all possible combinations but the laptop simply doesn't start whenever the 512MB module is installed. What's going on? I thought this memory was compatible with the Inspiron. Am I wrong?

Cheers,
Ma
 

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I found 2 Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop's in a yard sale (they are identical). I got a good deal on them. 1 did work 100%. The 2nd one worked 100% but only on the battery. The 2nd one has a problem with the charging circuit, the 2nd laptop won't charge the battery and won't run off the ac power pack.
The 1st laptop the video has stopped working. There is nothing on the lcd screen or an external monitor. But the cpu fan turns, the dvd drive does it's thing on start up, I can hear the hard drive working and the lights are normal. I tried swapping out both the video card and the cpu from the 2nd Dell laptop. That didn't fix the problem. I ordered a 1100 mother board from Ebay (old stock, never opened, never used) That mother board arrived Sept 3rd. Still the same problem. Nothing on ether screen. But the rest of the laptop works. The Ebay seller sent an other mother board out. That mother board arrived today (Sept-9th). I still have the same problem. I am beating my head on a brick wall on this one. I need some help.
 

Answer:a question about a dell inspiron 1100

Considering the fact they are both 10 years old it would of been a much better deal if they were both in working order.due to the ages i really dont think either one is worth fixing and putting more money and parts into them might be a lesson in futility.i think all you can do is either save or sell the ram, hard drives, and cd drives and any other parts if they still work to maybe use in another dell laptop in the future.
 

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My friends inspiron 1100 crashed while she was working on it, and has now started to refuse to boot up. The power light comes on, and stays lit for a few seconds, then it shuts off. Nothing ever comes onscreen, and its plugged into the outlet. Any ideas as to how to fix it, or what happened?

- Nate
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 not booting up

If you can, try the parts such as memory and cpu in another known-good box.
This way you can rule out certain parts, leading you to the source of the problem eventualy.
 

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:angel: :evil: i have the chip that needs to be put in but i cannot find it on the mobo please help :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:
 

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I just got in a cousin's computer today to look at. It's a Dell Inspiron 1100 that wasn't powering up.

Here's what I've observed:

1) The AC to DC converter light comes on, meaning that I'm getting power as far as the transformer.

2) Removing the battery doesn't help

3) Absolutely no LEDs on the laptop come on, and no fans, etc. start.

Here's what I've tried:

1) We had a similar problem at work the other day, a lady brought in her Dell Inspiron that wasn't getting power from the DC port...the battery was powered however, and we had a few mintues of battery left to confirm that the laptop was working. We opened up the case to find that a copper connector that connects the port to the mobo was detached, we soldered it back on and it worked fine.
Thinking this could be similar, I opened up the case (and with almost 30 screws, that took a while) and saw that everything looked fine.

2) I've tried checking to make sure all the buttons work, and they do. There was nothing blocking the buttons when I opened up the case to look.

Does anyone know what's wrong and how to fix it? Or should I just tell him to buy a new laptop?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 gets no power

So you have reated all the things, like Ram; keyboard so forth (it sounds as though you know generally about all this)

You could also try reseating the CPU, but once this is done, you will then need to apply new thermal paste to fix the HeatSink again.

If you're really deetermined, you could remove the motherboard from the case fully, and benchtest it.
 

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I just formatted my laptop and i cannot find the disc that came with it, so i went to dell to get all the drivers, and none of them installed properly. does anyone know where to get drivers? thanks
 

Answer:dell inspiron 1100 drivers

This is the easiest place to get them in one place, never had a problem with dell, i would try again,

http://support.dell.com/support/dow...=en&s=dfh&SystemID=DIM_CEL_1100&os=WW1&osl=EN
 

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Hello there. My sister recieved a Dell Inspiron 1100 for her graduation about four years ago and she's having problems with it after never mistreating it noticably. M'kay... the problem is that when the laptop is turned on and she attempts to put in her password to get on her computer the keyboard seems to recieve input from nowhere. No keys are being pressed, yet the text box for her password is automatically filled and it won't recognize any keys when they are actually pressed. Also, the mouse seems to do about the same... It won't be touched and it would creep up the screen or disappear completely. There are other times when her laptop won't even give a visual what-so-ever.

If anyone knows of anything that can be done I'd really appreciate any helpful advice.
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 issues...

Hi there. you dont say whether this happens at windows logon or whether it is a system (bios based) logon. but anyway it sounds to me like virus activity and you should run a virus recovery program that boots from from a CD and then when you get the system started run a full system scan with updated antivirus software.
 

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Hi Guys,

I am planning to buy a laptop and am struck at these 2 options:

Dell Inspiron 14z: (key features)

3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3317U processor (3M Cache, up to 2.6 GHz)
8GB3 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
14" High Definition LED Display (1366 x 768) with Truelife
500GB 5400 RPM SATA HDD and 32GB mSATA SSD
AMD Radeon HD7570M 1GB

Vs:
HP Envy 14t-1100 (key features)

3rd generation Intel Core i5-3317U(1.7 GHz) + 2GB AMD Radeon HD 7670M Discrete-Class Graphics
6GB 1600MHz DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
500GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
14.0" diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366 x 768)
32GB mSSD Hard Drive Acceleration Cache

So guys which one will you suggest to me? I need this laptop for programming, running programming softwares, multitasking, and gaming. Can BF4, Call of Duty 4 and other such games be played on these laptops?

Thanks
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 14z Vs HP Envy 14t-1100

I dont know much about hp computers but as far as dells for gaming and other things theres the xps, ademo, and alienware that will handle what you are looking for but they arent cheap.
 

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This Dell Inspiron 1100 (os xp pro, a 1gig cpu around 1gig of main memory and a 250gb hard drive) is working but it offen will reboot it self, prog's lockup and shut down and both Firefox and Internet Explorer will crash and shut down. I need to fig out why it crashes and reboots it self. I have a spare 1100 laptop that I can take spare parts off of. The motherboard in the 2nd laptop is dead. I know it is an old laptop but this is what I have to work with in a portable setup to take with me until I can afford to replace it with a newer laptop.

Steve
 

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Hi

I have a Dell Ispiron 1100

It won't turn on

I press the power button and if there is no AC power attached
the lights light up while I press the button, but no start up

When the AC power is attached, I don't get any lights at all

It's been happening for a while

I used to flip it over and pull out the battery, then replace it
and try again, after a few times it worked

Then I realised that just by opening the screen and trying it, then closing
the screen, then opennng and trying again... after a few times it would start

(are there any wires that would be affected by that??)

Once it started, so long as I left it plugged in, and the screen open it would always restart first go

I also think, that when it was unplugged, closed, etc so long as I started it agin fairly soon, it worked

I've just been overseas for a week in a colder climate and now I can't seem to get it started at all

I've tried with battery in, with battery out, AC in AC out

Any help would be much appreciated
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 won't turn on

Dell Inspiron won't turn on

We have a professor at our university that turned in a Dell laptop with exactly the same symptoms!

Really, with the battery alone installed, the lights flash momentarily when the power button is pressed. If the charger is connected (or the charger alone): no lights
(Just like Christoff)

The machine won't start up and there was some story about how it died last time the lid was closed. We are suspicious of a faulty lid interlock that is keeping the laptop in hibernate (or some deep, permanent sleep).

Another theory - Does anyone know if these have an internal power fuse, such that the external power brick isn't actually getting DC into the main board or charging the installed battery? We can't find any info about the power distribution or a schematic.







christoff said:



Hi

I have a Dell Ispiron 1100

It won't turn on

I press the power button and if there is no AC power attached
the lights light up while I press the button, but no start up

When the AC power is attached, I don't get any lights at all

It's been happening for a while

I used to flip it over and pull out the battery, then replace it
and try again, after a few times it worked

Then I realised that just by opening the screen and trying it, then closing
the screen, then opennng and trying again... after a few times it would start

(are there any wires that would be affected by that??)

Once ... Read more

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i really have no knowledge about laptops.
i just got this laptop called Dell inspiron 1100(its old i know) and im not too sure on
what kind of memory i need.(i want to upgrade).

i been thinking this

PC2100-DDR-266Mhz-SODIMM-200pin

Only problem is it says my supported Frequencies are 100,133mhz. and my current memory cards are 133mhz. im not sure if 266Mhz memory are gona work on my laptop. any suggestion or help is appreciated. Also i couldnt find a lot of pc2100 memory with 133mhz.
Edit - Dell inspiron 1100 support 200pin memory right ?
Thanks everyone
 

Answer:Memory for Dell Inspiron 1100

anyone has a idea ? wanting to purchase the memory asap. but cant until im sure.
 

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I have an old Dell Inspiron that I use as a sampling machine..Its old but trusty and amply fast for what I need it for..However the CD drive has stopped working. I am competent at working with laptops, but cant get the drive out. I have removed the screw, flipped the switch by the memory console..wont come out..I really need to use it, annoyingly..

Andy ideas or suggestions???

Look forward to any replies eagerly!!!

Andy

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 CD/DVD issue

Welcome to TF!

You could just use an external cd/dvd-rw. I find much use for them for everything, not just laptops.

Also, is it not detected or doesn't read/open?

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I'm supposed to be fixing my friend's computer. I had to reinstall XP home edition for it but the drivers listed on dell's site (SIGMATEL STAC 9750 AC97) don't work. I even tried the one at driverguide. Any suggestions?
 

Answer:Bad drivers for Dell Inspiron 1100

What was the exact driver, was it THIS one?

Attach an Everest log. (Don't copy and paste, only attach please)
 

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i reinstalled windows on my dell inspiron 1100 laptop, i have all the drivers except for the driver for my TI PCI 1510 CardBus controller.

if you can find me a link for the download it would be greatly appreciated, or even if you have a solution.
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 driver help!

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k i have a dell inspiron 1100 and the problems is that when i leave my laptop on for the whole night..it just shut off by it self.
and yes i did the "power managment" stuff.
they are all set to "never".
but the weird thing is..it only happen sometimes.
yesterday i was converting a Divx file(wich usually take's a day to process) and the next morning my laptop was off!
so i did a diagnostic test.
when it reached the "fan testing speed" my laptop went off??
so i turned my laptop on and did again the test but only for the fan and it passed.
now i want to know...do i have problems with my fans??
my high rpm speed was: 5806
my slow rpm speed was" 4191
can anybody help me out?
this is a very anoying problem since my laptop shut off by itself and i lose all my files!
 

Answer:Problems with dell inspiron 1100

Are you getting any notices about battery power? Are you plugged into A/C when this happens? How about the bios.....have you checked in there for power management settings? When you power it back up, does it go into full boot or does it come up as if it's been in hibernation?
 

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I have an old Dell Inspiron 1100 that was given to me. Reformatted Windows XP and now I can't get on the internet through the Ethernet adapter from Cablevision. On device manager the following drivers are missing: Multimedia audio controller; PCI Modem; and USB Controller (although I downloaded a Broadcom USB controller). Would this effect internet access? If so, how do I remedy? I have already been to Dell's driver downloads and don't see these drivers. Thanks.
 

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I have been wondering for a while that my Inspiron 1100 has been running a little hot - the fan is always on and running hard even when the system is idle.

I downloaded a temperature monitor which gives me a HD0 temperature of 67degrees C which seems quite high - especially as the default setting was for an alarm to sound at 60degrees C.

My system doesn't shut down due to overheating, and I have checked the fan and heat sync air holes on the bottom and side and they don't look blocked with dust.

I have heard a few suggestions about dealing with the problem but to be honest I have never had any experience with this before so unsure how to proceed.

Suggestions have included everything from buying compressed air and blasting the heat sync and fan and using cotton swabs to clean it, right through to taking it apart and adding more thermal grease between the CPU housing and the heat sync.(i have never taken my laptop apart before)

I would appreciate any and all help on this issue

Steve
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 Overheating?

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Just this week, my laptop starting giving me a BSOD. The error code changed with every restart. Now, after 3 days of online chats with Dell, the blue screen is gone but my laptop takes forever to do anything. I am running Windows xp OS. I finally was able to view my task manager and it is showing my CPU usage at 100%...OMG! I've also noticed that even though I have no Running Programs showing, the Processes is showing 23. There is also 8 different items showing for "svchost.exe".

I am not very computer literate, so any help that may be offered will have to be given in simple terms.

Could I possibly have a virus???

Please help,

Selena

P.S. I am not currently using the laptop because it takes forever to boot and even longer to access the internet.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 Possible Virus

Dear Selena,Pls follow this step Our hijack team will take care of youhttp://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/

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This is hopefully a very easy question, I would like to reinstall my operating system to factory condition, on my Dell Inspiron 1100. Like how to format my harddrive, and than what order to re'install my utilites. If somebody would point me towards some documentation I would appreciate it. thanks.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 reinstall

What you should do if your going to do a fresh install is integrate your xp cd with service pack 2, it is the most stable way to install WindowsXP (sometime installing SP2 later causes crashes, but integrated SP's on disk does not)

read about that here:
http://www.helpwithwindows.com/Windo...p2-bootcd.html


If you dont want to try this, you will need to remember to install all service packs to protect your computer (it helps to copy them to a cdrom and install them offline to protect trojans from entering your system)
You will need you DELL backup disk
You will need to change your BIOS to boot from CDROM (as first boot device) then Harddisk. *you can enter your BIOS by pressing the F2 or Del key as it starts.
Once you've set the boot order, follow this:

1. Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive and boot computer. You will see aprompt to "press any key to boot from cd" (press anykey now) WIndows will load drivers etc, just wait a minute for a blue screen
2. At the Welcome to Setup page, press ENTER to continue.
3. Press F8 to accept the Windows XP Licensing Agreement.
4. If an existing Windows XP installation is detected, you will be prompted to press R to repair it. (do not choose repair) continue with install.
5. The screen will now list all existing partitions and un-partitioned space for each hard disk. Use the cursor/arrow keys to choose where to create the new partition. Press D to delete the existing partition. If you pres... Read more

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tunered that's not even the right link for inspiron 1100 at dell
I'm having the same problem as st4r10n ...
I went to the dell support site and put in the service tag...
downloaded the 2 available downloads for Network, as well as the other important ones ie video, audio etc, and burned them to disk
ran the utilities on my laptop and got squat.
broadcom network adapter is now showing installed, which wasn't in the ! list in device manager anyway...
and yet the Network Controller marked ! in device manager is still showing no driver and I have no network so I'm dead in the water trying to do this format/ reinstall and get the rest of the updates/ drivers I need. Plus the usb drives are dead and there is no USB drivers listed on dell's site when I put in the service tag number.
any help appreciated...thx
P.S. It'd be real nice if someone who owns a dell inspiron 1100, and still has the drivers disk, would make a torrent and post it up for us. I would worship the ground you walk on!
 

Answer:dell inspiron 1100 drivers

Hi

Moved post to its own thread as that one was 2006.

What Windows version are you using and Service Pack?

Dell Inspiron drivers or current listed ones at Dell are HERE, you will need to install the Chipset drivers first then reboot and then install any others you are missing.

Chipset drivers are often missed out, but they are crucial to allowing the operating system to correctly ID the other hardware items like Network, Audio and USB.
 

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I have a dell Inspiron 1100 - Works great - I reloaded the O.S (Windows Xp Home - and updated the drivers - I believe that I update a BAD BIOS file - and the comes up with BLUE SCREEN. I have powered it off - Put the O.S. Disk in the drive - and rebooted the system. It takes me thru the steps for loading the O.S. Reads the hard drive - and starts loading all the needed drivers - and then fails . I suspect BAD BIOS. How can I get the BIOS bad to factory setting. I have searched the internet - and most of the blogs suggest the following below. Any confirmation or suggestions on how to resolve this issue would be greatly appreciatd.

DELL Inspiron 1100
BIOS - A32
Hard Disk:: 30GB
Memory: 1GB
DVD -RW/CDRW
O.S - Windows XP Home

You may find the resetting the bios to the default using the jumper or removing the cmos battery will fix that.
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 won't bootup

Well if it was a bad Bios flash then your computer would not boot up at all. What you need to do is Post what the bluescreen says, usually toward the top there is a file or error that will show what the issue is.

But my guess without knowing any more info is that it could be Bad memory stick in your computer. If you have more then 1 stick remove one and try to reload windows again. If you still get the same error then put that stick back in and take out the other ram stick and see if you get the same error.

post back with results.
 

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1100 which came with XP Home. I installed Windows 2000 Server on this laptop. It worked fine for around 2 years. One fine day, the OS would not boot, giving the error message something like "Windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM" (I'm not sure about the exact error but it was something like this). I called Dell (because the warranty had expired, I had to pay them $50 before a human being would speak to me and even then they put me on hold for more than an hour!) and they asked me to use a Windows XP backup CD to wipe out the hard drive. But the system would not recognize the CD in the CD Drive. Dell said the CD drive might be bad. I replaced the CD drive with a new one but problem did not go away. I then bought a new hard drive but it was different from the one inside the laptop (I didn't do much research before buying a new one). I then plugged the old hard drive back into the system. But since then, whenever I turn on the laptop, it comes on for a second or so, then turns off automatically and the screen stays black all the time. It doesn't even show the boot options. I got really frustrated and bought a new desktop and am in the process of installing Debian GNU/Linux OS on it. However, any help in salvaging my laptop would be highly appreciated. The laptop configuration is:
Dell Inspiron 1100
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Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 Not Powering On

It looks like it is definitely a hardware issue... I would bet it is the motherboard. Does the laptop stay powered on but the screen is blank, or does the whole thing turn off?
Does it beep at you?
 

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I looking for an drive for an dell inspiron 1100 notebook. What type of drive does it
take? It appears that it has a black connector in the compter that will accept
some type of parallel connection? Do they make a standard type of drive
for notebooks that could be used in that computer?
I am thinking about searching for one on e-bay but I need to know
what to look for and good keywords in order to choose a proper drive.

Thank you
 

Answer:What type of drive does an dell inspiron 1100 Take?

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Hi Folks,

Just looking for some advice on upgrading the spec on my laptop. I got it 3 years ago and is very poor when it comes to processing and playing games.

Pentium 2
1GB Ram
20Gb Hard drive (I can fill in the rest later)

Would I be better getting a new processor or graphics card?

Is it difficult to install these if I get the part(s)?
Is it even possible to upgrade the processor on these laptops?

Any advise welcome.
 

Answer:Solved: Upgrading Dell Inspiron 1100

You are pretty much out of luck. You cannot change the graphics; it is onboard.

Next even if you could change the cpu, you would need to deal with the extra heat the faster cpu generates. Laptops are designed to work with the hardware they have.

You CAN upgrade ram [if you have available slots] and install a larger hd. That is about it.
 

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i've heard just a little about over clocking, but i have heard that dell 'locks' their bios, keeping one from overclocking the hard drive.

as it is, i have a 2.4gig processor, and certainly wouldn't mind bumping that up a little.

is this possible?
 

Answer:Solved: over clocking my dell inspiron 1100

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This Dell Inspiron 1100 was bought off Ebay. When its turned on, the Dell logo appears, says Inspiron 1100 Series, BIOS Revision A32, the bar goes across, then it says:

This computer system, #G54Y541-A95B is protected by a password authentication system.

I get 3 tries, then it shuts off.

I see those kits sold for 60 bucks but I was wondering if there was anyway in the world to get around this otherwise. I read the giant Dell BIOS password thread, but wasn't successful with anything mentioned there.
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 System Password

Having Same Problem With Dell Inspiron 1100

Several months ago my mom loaned a 'friend' a couple hundred bucks, he gave her his laptop to hold as collateral. Now nearly 6-7 months later, I am stuck with her problem. He skipped town, no clue how to reach him, even if that would help and she has a non-functioning laptop! I have been searching high and low. I am not comfortable enough with laptops to do the soldering thing and don't know where else to start. My service tag is about same as yours, at least last 4. If you figure it out, please share info? Sure wish she would have told me before completing this transaction.. I would of said "GET PASSWORD FIRST!" :knock:

Thanks,
Traci
 

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My DVD/CD Rom is giving problem.I have WIN XP Home with SP2 as my OS. My DVD drive is working all right but my CD Rom is not recognized. I have downloaded the current firmware and the make is Toshiba.When ever I load a CD I get a display saying"windows unable to read the format or that the CD is corrupt" How do I solve this problem?Any solution suggested will be greatly appreciated.Thanks

Answer:Problem with DVD drive in Dell Inspiron 1100

Does the CD drive do the same when you test it on another computer?

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Hey all, new to the forum and hope you can help.

My laptop is about 4-5 years old and has been working fine. I pulled a bone headed move a while back and left the car window down and the computer got rained on. I dryed it as best I could and had my brother in law take it apart to check for moisture. He found none inside and powered it up. It worked fine for a couple of days. When I picked it up from him, I took it to work and powered it up. The power lights come on and you can hear it booting up. However, the screen is black. If you look very close, you can see the windows logo as it all boots up but it is very very dim, almost can't see it at all. Aside from the possible moisture problem, has any one experienced these symptoms? Any ideas are welcome as I really don't have the money to just buy a new one. My brother in law is a tv repair guy and could most likely make the repair if we just knew where to start.

I thank you in advance and hope to here from you soon.

Larry
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 screen problem

It's the Inverter board (which happens to be high voltage, and easily damaged hardware) behind the bezel of the screen. You will need to replace it.
 

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Hello,

I recently spilled some beer on my laptop computer. 20 Seconds afterward I took the computer apart and had it shutdown and all. I cleaned up the mess. After a little bit to let dry out, I put the computer together again to see if it would work again.

Well the computer turned on and all seemed okay, besides it saying my CMOS Settings had been cleared. That doesn't affect a computer. After hitting F2 to continue, A screen came up and said External Auxilary Failure, which I figure to be my CD ROM drive. I pulled it out and tried turning on the computer again.

All that happened is my power light (green) AND battery light (amber) is solidly on. If I just try it on battery power, to get these lights on I have to hit the power button. If I try AC power then as soon as I plug it in it has this problem.

I am pretty sure there isn't anything wrong with the motherboard. I am also pretty sure the computer should work by now. I have cleaned my computer like this many times before and never had a problem. By cleaning, I mean taking the entire thing apart and washing the parts and setting them to dry in a dry clean dust free room, with a fan to hasten the drying process.

This is why I say the the mobo should be okay. That and it turned on before also. If anyone has anything that may help me with this problem I could really use it. Thank You.

PS. I paid 2700 dollars for this, and had the computer for only a year and 8 months.
 

Answer:Problem turning on Dell Inspiron 1100

I have cleaned my computer like this many times before and never had a problem. By cleaning, I mean taking the entire thing apart and washing the parts and setting them to dry in a dry clean dust free room, with a fan to hasten the drying process.Click to expand...

this type of cleaning is not nessesary, and taking apart a laptop is just asking for trouble. if you actually periodically washed (with water or something) one or more electronic parts, the laptop wouldn't have lasted long anyways. if you spilled the beer on the keyboard, you should know that laptop makers had this scenario in mind when they put a rubber backing to the keyboard designed to keep liquids/dust from the keyboard off the internal components. regular computer keyboards have this rubber too. i actually spilled some of my home-made moonshine on a keyboard once, and the approx. 180 proof stuff didn't cause any problems, excepting the fire hazard. your best bet is to take it into a shop so a technician can get his hands on it.
 

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Want to replace CD drive with a DVD drive.. Any suggestions!? Also anyone know where to buy one!?

JakePsycho
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 FAIL CD DRIVE

A place full of Dell parts!

http://www.discountelectronics.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=486

A-N
 

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Hello Forum,

I have a DELL Inspiron Laptop and the on board PCI Ehternet in Hardware device shows in yellow exclamation mark it also says unknown device. I went to system information and it shows a Broadcom 440
x100/10 ETC. On the listing it showed it was installed= YES but it did not show a driver. I went to my friend who had an ACER laptop and it was using the same PCI Ethernet ( Broadcom 440) so I copied
his drivers and put them in when ask by my Add Hardware for install of driver. It then showed up on Device list BUT it says unable to START- Code 10, I had put the driver in same place as on my friends laptop WIN32/driver and a Win LAN folder.
I am now totally lost as what to do next . I have the CD from DELL BUT it does not have the drivers on it!
Thanks for any help
Pilot

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 Ethernet PCI problem

Broadcom is junk. I hate it. I run into this all the time.

The hardware will not work with just the basic driver, like other "general" hardware will.

No, Broadcom is SPECIAL. It has to have it's clunky software installed before it will give you the correct driver. Uninstall the software, it takes it's drivers with it as it goes, leaving the hardware non-functional.

And aiming Device Manager at the device will not work. I don't know how Broadcom does it, or why. I can only assume it is because they want their software on your computer.

So my guess is that either the software was uninstalled, or it got corrupt in some way.

So, first thing is to get a copy of the Network software from Dell's support site. Then uninstall the software from "Add/Remove Programs" and reboot. Then install the Network software and that should fix the problem, unless the hardware is bad.

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How to you connect a typical mouse to Dell inspiron 1100? I don't see any ports
for it. I have a USB mouse connected to it but it seems like my thumb drives will
not work on the second USB port. Any suggestions?

I can get both to work by connecting the thumb drive & USB mouse to a USB
HUB but I don't know why I can't connect my mouse & USB drive directly in
the computer?

Thank you
 

Answer:Mouse connection to a Dell inspiron 1100?

How to you connect a typical mouse to Dell inspiron 1100? I don't see any ports
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can you explain further , dont understand - dont see anyports verses its connected

A USB mouse goes into a USB Socket on the PC
 

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My dell screen has turned white. I can hear windows booting in the background but unable to view on screen. Have tried an external monitor but get no visual display. Do anyone know what could be my problem?
 

Answer:Help with Dell Inspiron 1100 screen problems

Hi

First off when you connect the external monitor do you press the relevant key combination to enable the monitor, on most laptops its the FN key (bottom row on the left) and then one of the "F" keys, on my acer its F5, on my other dell its F8.

As for the white screen this maybe caused by the screen invertor failing or the screen itself failing, most invertors (inverters) can be bought for about fifteen pounds from ebay, screens however can cost upwards of £60.

It could also be a loose connection and would require the stripping down of the laptop to get to the ribbon connector that joins the screen to the base unit.
 

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Hey all my step dad has an inspiron 1100

he bought a dc-dc converter so that he could use it in his van as he travels a great deal

however it wont work when you plug the converter in to the cigarette lighter the light on it comes on and appears to work however when you plug the converter in to the laptop it wont work and i cant figure out how to make it work

it does however, when you boot the laptop with the converter pluged in say a 90w power supply has been detected and is stoping the laptop from operating at optimal efficiency press f1 to continue or f2 to run setup i cant find anything in the extremely limited dell bios that has anything to do with it outher than an option to disable or enable the powersupply warning wich ive just described

ive tried flashing the bios to the latest version to see if that might help however it dident

the details of the converter are as follows

Model number DC 090-006
DC input 12v from vehicle

fuse 13a 250v
DC OUTPUT 18v~20v 90w(max)


Could it be the converter that is the problem or the laptop
the laptop is in perfect working order it used to have an overheating problem however after finding out the laptop had a manufactureing fault of extremely ****e thermal compount i cleaned the processor and heatsink (properly according to dells specifications) and replaced the thermal compound with some arctic cooling compound really good stuff anyway it worked fine after that

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Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 Car Charger Problem

I would guess the converter doesn't put out enough juice to run the laptop. I got a cheap onw at Wal-Mart did the same thing. I had to spring for a good one.

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I have a HP Pavilion a1520n media center desktop PC bought new in Sep. 06 & a Dell Inspiron 1100 I bought about 6 years ago. I am trying to install the Linksys wireless on the Dell. I have ran the CD on the Dell first, & it failed to work, then the HP & it also failed to work. I need help installing it on the Dell so I can have wireless for my home network. All help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, papadee
 

Answer:Linksys Wireless G for Dell Inspiron 1100

I am guessing that the "CD" is the installation disk that came with the "Linksys wireless"? What is the "Linksys wireless"...a plug in card, a USB plug in...what?

It "failed to work" on both systems. In what way? What error msgs?

Have you checked the Linksys website to see if you can down load the necessary drivers?

Are you running XP?

Did you try to let XP install the device on its own?

Please try to be less vague about the facts....it makes it hard to know what is really going on!
 

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Hey gang!
I didn't know if this should go into hardware or software. I figured since it's a problem with BIOS, I would post in software. However, here is the problem. I am working on a customers computer (DELL Inspiron 1100) and I am trying to restore the computer for him. Main problem being that the boot order is set to HD>CD. No problem right? I'll just enter the BIOS and change that. So i press the F2 at startup and I get no response. So I try to just change the boot order for this one boot by pressing the F12 key, again with no response. So I did the ol' every key of the piano move (Moving your finger down the entire F1-12 line) and absolutely nothing! First instince was bad key, stuck key, or perhaps a demolished keyboard ribbon. However, all of these things checked out just fine! I went to the Dell website and it had pretty much nothing to offer. To top it off, I can't access windows on the gentlemans computer so I can't even try to flash the BIOS! Any suggestions?
 

Answer:BIOS Problem on DELL Inspiron 1100

I have done this on desk tops but dont know about laptops, pull the hard drive loose, boot to the cd, let windows begin loading files, then insert hard drive. ed
 

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I am starting a new thread as the old one was getting a bit confused and I might be able to make myself a bit clearer on what the problem is.I have an old Dell Inspiron 1100 with Windows XP Home and. 2 hard drives.One is the original drive that came with the machine and is functioning satisfactory but as it is only about 30 gb in size it is a bit slow.The other drive is much larger and came from another Dell inspiron 1100 but with Windows xp professional installed.Everything works fine on this except there is no sound only the occasional beep.I have all the drivers that are on the disk that came from both machines All the drivers are in the correct order but the driver Sigma Tel c-major has a yellow! after it.I have uninstalled the driver and installed it but it is always the same.There is a box that pops up now and again that states ?there is no device installed?This must be a software problem as I said everything works ok with the other hard drive in.I was going to ignore it and just change the drives over when I needed the sound but I think that that is just admitting defeat. Cheers Ray

Answer:Nsound Dell inspiron 1100 part 2 help

Can you please confirm. Are you using the old disc or the new as your Primary drive. If the later, then I would assume that ALL the drivers are those approrpiate to the previous PC/montherboard, and any problems you have on this PC can almost certainly be laid at that door. Is suggest you wipe everything off your new HHD and reinstall Windows.NB Just because both HHDs came from the the same MODEL does not mean that these will both have the same type mobo and attachments. Also, if you don't have access to the PC that the larger HHD was on when that version of Windows was installed, then you are breaching the licence agreement if you try to use it on your PC at the same tiome that it is running on the original PC.

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Yeah, I have a problem with this laptop and whenever I try to connect it to the internet, I get a "Network Cable unplugged" for 2 seconds than a connection for 2 seconds and then it repeats this same thing over and over and over. It is driving me MAD and I can't get on the internet with the laptop.

First of all I asked my computer tech friend and he doesn't know what to do. I asked his computer tech teacher and he doesn't know. I tried calling Dell and they gave me bull**** about, "You need to replace the mobo and it's going to cost 100s of dollars."

So, if anyone can help me I would appreciate it.

Also I did install the correct drivers so that eliminates that question.
 

Answer:Problem with connection on Dell Inspiron 1100...

Might want to look into any possible firmware updates for that card, probably not real likely to find any.

Another solution would be to buy a PCMCIA network card.
 

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hi, my name is Jon, and I'm currently using a Dell Insipiron 1100, and i was wondering how you switch to Span mode when using a vga viewsonic monitor?
Thanks for the quick help,
Jon
 

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1100 that when it boots and you can hear it running I get nothing on the screen. It gives 3 quick beeps then a single beep. The power and battery LED are lit, but not the hard drive. The hard drive LED flashes a couple times when first booting but then goes out! I have tried this hard drive on an external hard drive enclosure and it works just fine. I can't find this beep code anywhere and just wondering if anyone here has any Idea?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 nothing on screen after bootup

First I would check to make sure the ram is seated properly as well as the hard drive. Make sure all connections are clean
Try hooking up an external monitor if at all possible, may be faulty monitor.
Check the system fan for dust clogg
Failing that you may have a faulty system board.
 

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This forum has given me alot of advise on speeding up my laptop. I have upgraded my chipset driver and tried to configured my Internet security (Kaspersky 7.0) so that it would not scan on startup and stopped my mail and spam watch since I don't have Outlook. This helped some, but I still have issues when I'm on the internet and downloading files or multi-tasking with other windows open. I also have received what you call the BSOD 3 times in the last month when I have had multiple windows open and the internet running for a long time. I do not know what the screen said, and after seeing the forums on the BSOD I know to see what the problem is when or if it happens again.

I was thinking of upgrading my memory. Right now I have 2 slots with 128mb in each. I was going to upgrade to 1G. After looking at my system configuration I found that I only have 11.37% of memory left. Do you think this will help my laptop run faster? It was also reccommended to upgrade the BIOS - I did this from A21 to A32. I would eventually like to upgrade my Windows XP Pro from SP2 to SP3. Should I do this now or get the memory upgrade and then do it. Any advise would be appreciated and please I'm not that computer savy so be specific.

One more thing I was trying to spell check this, but found that I needed to download iespell. I tried to do this and it would still not work - so I uninstalled it. I then decided to go to the iespell website and try again. When I tried... Read more

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 memory upgrade

I figured since I started here I would keep going...I've decided that since I'm upgrading the ram and might as well go the HD too...I have a Toshiba 30g ATA and I'm thinking about going for a Western Digital Scorpio 120G ATA. I read reviews and think this is a good product, but a trust you guys here so I would like your opinion.

I'm also going to clean the Cooling Assembly while I'm inside the computer...This will be the first time I'll do this all myself so if there is any tips or advise that anyone has it would also be appreciated. Thanks again
 

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Hello,

I was reading another thread that described the same problem that i have, it seems to be closed though.

I have a dell inspiron 1100. It wasn't registering that the AC was connected and then the battery ran dead. Now it wont start at all. When i hit the power button the lights on the front of the lap top blink green and then orange. If i take the battery out the lights on the computer are very faint, the battery light is orange and the power light is green. When i put the battery back in the lights shut off.

Is this a simple replace the battery or ac cord problem? Any advice would be greatly welcome.

Thanks
 

Answer:dell inspiron 1100 wont start

Notebooks do not need a battery to run off the mains, so take the battery out, plug the notebook in and if it doesn't power up then you need to check out the power supply and/or other possibilities.

Sláinte

midders
 

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I had to partition my HD in Dell Inspiron 1100 while at school a few years ago into Windows XP and Linux (20 GB in each). However, now I need additional space for my windows work and can pretty much remove the Linux partition and get an extra 20 GB. I had used Partition Magic for the partition. Can anyone advise what would be the most convenient way to remove the partition? I can lose my Linux data but not the Windows data.
1. Do I need to use Partition Magic for removing the partition? Is there any forced way to just add the 20 GB from the Linux partition onto my Windows XP partition?
2.Should I use a backup and restore sw (say from Norton for restoring the Windows files and system back)?

Would appreciate any help.
Thanks,
Abhi
 

Answer:Remove partition on Dell Inspiron 1100

You can use anything to delete the partition. WinXP does not have anyway to extend the windows partition into the available space though, so you'll have to use Partition Magic, or something similar, to expand the Windows partition.

If you don't have Partition Magic anymore, there are free programs that do the same but I don't have any links nor have used any so you'll just have to search, or someone else may have a recommendation

You should be able to do this without losing any of your Windows data but it's always a good idea to have a backup just in case.
If you need to save any of the Linux data (and don't have room on the Windows partition, or a way to back it up), Partition Magic (and probably other programs) will let you shrink the Linux partition and expand the Windows partition a bit at a time, then you can transfer the data from the Linux partition to the Windows partition before you delete it.

HTH

Jerry
 

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Hi,

I recently upgraded my Dell Inspiron 1100 Laptop computer with 1 gyg of 3200 memory. I was replacing two 128 megabyte 2700 chips. The 1 gyg works like a charm and I decided to use it as my cache as well. No problems. It all runs well on Home XP Sp2 with the most recent BIOS upgrade to the motherboard as well as whatever was available from the Intel website. I've got to tell you, it certainly does pay off to install all those chip and rom firmware upgrades!

Here's my quiery:

Having the empty slot and the two 128 mg chips (zzzzz) leftover it was irresistable to see what would happen if I dropped in one of the leftover 128 mg chips. This was in spite of the original information which I had been aware of which had suggested that my laptop was limited to 1 gyg total ram. Ah.... temptation.

Long story short. Both chips were recognised in bias, as well as Windows Home XP. Computer runs fine with both. Nothing strange seemed to be happening. Of course this has been intriguing to say the least.

I did remove the 128 mg chip for now (back to 1 gyg) but am now wondering if the computer's new bios has perhaps taken away the original limitation of 1 gyg of memory.

Of course I would now like to add another 1 gyg 3200 chip to the first 1 gyg chip. I'm also wondering if unbeknownst to me... that while my laptop seems to purr like a top with extra memory installed over the 1 gyg 'limitation' (?) whether some insidious and hidden mayhem might be taking p... Read more

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 Memory Capacity is...

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Hi everybody,

I have an old Dell Inspiron 1100 (Celeron 2.4) with 256MB RAM (two 128MB sticks). A friend of mine gave me a 512MB stick and I happily thought that I finally would be able to upgrade the memory of my old friend. The new memory I got is:

Kingston ValueRAM 512MB 266MHz DDR Non-ECC CL2.5 200 Pin SODIMM
(KVR266X64SC25/512)

However, when I install the new memory the laptop won't start! The LED blinks for 5-10 seconds and then the computer turns off. When I put back my old memory everything works fine again. I've tried it with the new memory alone in both of the empty slots and also together with one of the two 128MB sticks. I've tried all possible combinations but the laptop simply doesn't start whenever the 512MB module is installed. What's going on? I thought this memory was compatible with the Inspiron. Am I wrong?

Cheers,
Ma
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 memory problem

The Dell Inspiron 1100 is infamous for this problem, and sometimes motherboards have to be replaced. The Kingston memory, even though ValueRam, is usually pretty good in that model. It does not like to have mixed memory sizes or speeds.
However, try removing all the old memory, then inserting the new module in slot one, then if that does not work, try slot two. If it doesn't work by itself, it is doomed in your machine. If it does work, then you can try adding
The Inspiron 1100 really works best with memory that is not "value" or lower tier memory, and is PC3200 (400 MHz). See if you can borrow other memory to try. Two modules of PC3200 Sodimms that are exactly the same should give you 1 GB of working memory. There many vendors sell good DDR Sodimm
memory for $15.80 (256 mb) to $25.00 (512 mb) so for $50 you could have one GB, assuming your Inspiron 1100 is working properly.
But we are now seeing so many failed 1100 motherboards for unknown causes, that it might not be worth attempting the changes.
 

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I have a DELL Inspiron 1100. When I turn it on it will boot to Windows XP and then after a while the screen goes blank (black). If I shut the cover and open it again the display will come back on for a while and then go blank again.

Also the windows screen is only about 1/3 of the screen.

Anyone have an idea?? Could it possibly be the inverter?

Thanks

Carl
 

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Hi i have a Dell Inspiron 1100 that i use as a secondary computer. Just recently i formatted the hard drive and re-installed windows. It was fine for a while, and it still is, but recently the battery light flashes as if it is ultra low... Green, yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow, green. It only is supposed to do this if it is really low battery. i can't even tell if it is charging cause that light sequence never stops. your help is appreciated!
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 battery lights...

oh by the way the battery is fine... i have a cheap 4000 mAh battery that will last about an hour.
 

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Hi guys. My brother has a Dell Inspiron 1100. He asked me to look into fixing it, but he is out of warranty, and I told him I would research his problem and see what you guys reccomended. I have the computer too in front of me for the time being, until it's repaired.

He said he turned it off and unplugged it one night. He often times I believe always left it plugged in. Not a good idea to Constantly do I know. He went to turn it on the next morning, and it wouldn't turn on. Plugged in to the wall, or not plugged in.

When you press the power button, the power light quickly blinks green, then the battery light blinks orange quite a few times but that is all that happens. Nothing comes on at all. Does that mean he just needs to buy a new battery? Or is it more severe?
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100- Orange Light

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I have a dell inspiron 1100 that beeps at me continously on boot up. I presss F2 on my keyboard and
the system will go ahead an boot up. I think it might be a little slower that usual when I am in windows
XP but I am a little unsure of that fact.

Any suggestions to repair this problem. Does the computer need a new cmos battery? How do I
change that if needed. Does this computer take a regular desk top cmos battery?

Any suggestions.
Thank you,
 

Answer:Dell inspiron 1100 Continous beeps at me on start up.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1100 which, for the last 4 days, will not start using the power adapter. It will start and works fine with a charged battery. However, my battery is now out of charge.

If I take the battery out and try and start the machine, all three lights go on at the front, but then immediately everything goes off.

I think with machine switched off and power supply plugged in, it is charging the battery, but the ac power adapter makes a wierd clicking/ticking noise, so I'm not keen to leave it on/charging too long.

My Dell Inspiron 1100's warranty ran out in 2004... Dell were very pleased to tell me this and tried to sell me an adapter for £85.00. However, I'm not sure that replacing the adapter will fix it. The green led is on and, as above, it appears to be charging the battery AND all lights light up for a split second at least, so some power is getting through.

I have read other posts with similar issues, but can't find exactly the same issue. Any help/ideas would be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 starts with battery, but not with adapter

It is possible that the motherboard has developed problems, but you must try another AC adapter first. An AC Adapter is much cheaper than a motherboard
 

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I have to date had no problems with this laptop but this problem is trying my patience! I normally have the laptop plugged into full power via socket so its rare I use it by battery alone. However last week battery did run out and i recharged it and it has been operating absolutley fine. However the battery light will not stop flashing amber 4 times then a green flash which holds for a couple seconds. It will continue flashing like this all the time I have it on and plugged into the mains or whether I use it via battery power only. It will still be flashing for a few minutes once I have shut the laptop down completely also. I can not find anything helpful on the web so I really really need your help before I end up throwing it out a window!

Software and security is all up-to-date, and there are no other issues with it - please help!!!

Thank you!
SG
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 Battery light problems

The light should stay solid green until the battery starts to run out then it flashes amber, from what you say it sounds as though one of the cells is faulty and as such isnt charging fully.

Regards
 

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hihave a old dell inspiron 1100 laptop.Constantly flashing orange battery light (which prob tells me the battry has had it...no biggie)howeversince this flashing orange battery light i cannot get the:-screen to display anything (with mains power)-no hard drive activity-no keyboard lights work inc keysthe laptop does actually power on i can hear the fans and see the power LED displayed but there is no HD activity and because the screen doesnt display anything (totally blank) i cannot even see if it has booted into the bios and cannot do anything on the keyboard as no keyboard lights work or the keys.can anyone shed any light as to what could have gone wrong? Surely a "kaput" battery cant cause multiple things to go wrong with the laptop even on mains power.It was working fine only last week

Answer:DELL Inspiron 1100 not playing ball ! sugg req pls

Have you tried with the battery removed?

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Let me start out by saying I am no way computer savvy!
I've read that Inspirons are notorious for having overheating issues. Mine is no acception. It normally would overheat and shut down on me. After cooling off it would boot back up when I turned it on.
Well, yesterday it booted up without any display. The screen was black. I turned it off and tried again. Same thing. I connected an external monitor. No change. I took out the fan and heat sink (read up on how to do that). Blew out 2 massive dust bunnies (should have done that months ago). Turned it on...no change on internal or external monitors. I did hit F8 when I connected the external.
Does anyone have a suggestion as to what my next step should be?
I re-posted my issue in this forum. I posted it earlier under the wrong forum. I hope this is the right one.
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 No display - overheating issues

The motherboard is probably fried and will have to be replaced
 

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Something or another was wrong with my mom's old laptop and she decided to reinstall Windows to fix it. Now I don't know whats wrong, I don't know a ton about computers and neither does she really. Basically the resolution is stuck on 640x480 and the color 4bit. Its hard to do anything like that, it doesn't recognize the internet either if you plug it in or the video card or the sound card or anything much. I have no clue what to do at this point and we can't afford to get it repaired professionally. Is there anything I can do? Please help if you can, this is all the information I know but tell me if you need more. Thanks.

Answer:Reinstall WinXp SP3 on a Dell Inspiron 1100 - Now Nothing Really Works

After you reinstalled windows did you then use the "Drivers and Utilities" disks to reload all the hardware drivers?

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I have a Dell inspiron 1100 laptop hard drive and want to upgrade from 4200rpms/20GB to 5400 rpms/40 GB. Can I do this?
I know I can upgrade to 40GB but I don't know about the rpm's.
Thank you for any help.

Answer:Upgrading Hard Drive on Dell Inspiron 1100

Yup, you'll be just fine upgrading. Just make sure to match the interfaces.

IE, ATA 66/100/133

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My copy of Windows became corrupt(due in part with my fiddling within the registry and duplicate files - I know!!!). Everything was backed up, so I reinstalled Windows, and started reinstalling device drivers.

I no longer have the original Drivers Disc so have downloaded the needed drivers. The recommended driver from Dell (and other locations online) for my chipset does not install the USB Controller required for my system. The Device Manager claims - "The drivers for this device are not installed".

I have a Dell Inspiron 1100 with an Intel I845GL chipset.

This problem has occurred previously and I found a different driver which solved the problem but I did not save it to the replacement Driver disc I created.

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Dell website - only available download for my model

Intel Mobile Chipset

Release Date: 27/02/2003
Version: 4.20.1006, A02

Link to driver: http://ftp.us.dell.com/chipset/R50830.EXE

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It installs without issue but the USB controller is not installed.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Tech Support Guy has been fantastic for me in the past.

Steve
 

Answer:Solved: Dell Inspiron 1100 has no Driver for USB Controller

Please, anybody?

Very few problems stump the Tech Support Guy Community!
 

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I have tried to get the sound to work on a Dell inspiron 1100 but without success.I have 2 HD one with xp home on it and that works fine but as it is a very small one it take its time loading etcThe other one is much larger and has Windows xp pro but no matter what we have tried, (by we I mean lots of people on this site), we cannot get the sound to work.I am left with no alternative but to reinstall WindowsFortunately I have all the Dell Disks , Dell resources drivers etc and the reinstallingxp home windows disk as well as the ID. CodeNow what I would like is some advice on reinstalling windows xp home Do I just put the Dell reinstallation disk in and follow instructionsI realise I may have to install the various drivers etc but thanks to all the efforts of installing the sound drivers I think I can manage thatAny advice would be very gratefully appreciated cheers Ray

Answer:reinstalling win xp home dell inspiron 1100 advice

XP pro and home sound drivers are exactly the same, have you tried taking the drivers from the pro version and copying them into the home version?

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I need to connect the hard drive for the dell inspiron 1100, to a usb port in order to save somethings for my friend. I don't know what kind of an enclosure I need for it. I have a ide one, but it dowsn't work. Any suggestions would be helpful. I have tried connecting it to another monitor with no luck there either.
Thanks,
 

Answer:dell inspiron 1100 doesn't have a usable screen

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I have a couple of questions about adding memory to my Dell laptop. Will a standard
"256 MB DDR SDRAM, PC2100 / 266 MHz" card work (bought locally at Walmart or RadioShack) along with the factory installed 256MB?

Secondly, where can I get step by step instructions (with pictures) on how to add the memory?

And where can I get a teeny-tiny phillips screwdriver to open the memory compartment?
 

Answer:Dell's Inspiron 1100 - Adding 256MB memory card

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Are you sure you did it correctly? This fix has been reported on almost every site I've come by:

[Fix] Windows 7 Boot Screen Changed to Vista Style - Tweaking with Vishal

- Fred

Answer:7 boot animation reverts to Vista on Dell Inspiron 1100

Yeah I've tried both commands given but will try, try again.

Notice the comments from those who couldn't get fixes to work.

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OK guys, put on your thinking cap. I have a customers Dell Inspiron 1100 notebook that had a hard drive failure. After replacing with a new hard drive and then installing Win XP Home SP1, the machine powers itself off with about 5 minutes remaining in the Finalizing process. It will do this consistently as I have been through the process about 6 or 7 times now. As a test, I wanted to see if the same thing would happen with a different OS so I installed W2K Pro and that installation completed perfectly. I then started thinking of what the finalizing process is actually doing and thought that it must be a driver causing the problem but why a power down instead of a reboot? My next steps are 1) using the customers original re-install CD provided by Dell and if that doesn't work then using a CD that includes SP2. If neither work then I am at a loss. I have seen this very thing happen before on a Dell Lattitude C600 when installing XP Pro but can't for the life of me remember the actual fix. Any thoughts or ideas will be greatly appreciated.
 

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1100 that I traded for today. I washed the keyboard clean of all the dried, gummy CocaCola that was in it and it works fine now. It has a 2.0-GHz Celeron processor. I don't think much of Celerons and I have an unused 3.0-GHz Pentium 4, socket 478 gathering dust here.

I haven't found anything at Dell's site or in a Google search that tells me for absolutely certain whether this is a socket-478 system and whether it is replacable. So far, it seems replacable; but, I need to know the socket type. I don't want to disassemble this thing just to find out the processor I have will not fit.

TIA for any help.
 

Answer:Solved: Dell Inspiron 1100 Processor Updrade - Can't find specs

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With my Microsoft usb mouse, both ports work with just a little chime to let me know I have plugged in the devise. With my other usb mouse and two different flash disks I am greeted by 'Welcome to the Found New Hardware Wizard'. I have tried more than once to let the wizard run automatically but, of course, it cannot find relevant software. After the 'Hardware Wizard' has run a large yellow '?' appears where the device driver would otherwise be seen - I have deleted those.

It seems to be all 'Plug' and no 'Play'.

Any usful suggestions would be welcome.
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1100 with Windows XP & service pack 2 - usb ports - a problem!

Have you installed the drivers for these devices as you have for your MS USB Mouse.Welcome to Major Geeks Knownsum If the drivers are installed Windows will give you the chime and you should be up and running, hope that helps
 

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Intel ich4 /sigmatel audio controller-

No audio from my laptop. any solution. please help.
 

Answer:Inspiron 1100 Windows XP - No sound- Audio Playback error- Help

Did you buy this computer directly from Dell?
 

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I got a dell inspeiron 1100 from a friend and it has a password and username that we don't know so I put a hard drive from another dell and I turned it on and it started to boot and then the blue screen of death showed so I put the original hard drive in and it still had the password and guest mode still won't load so how do I reset it to the factory default settings if it is hard I will not do it because it needs a new keyboard the os is joli os 1.2

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Hi,

This laptop has problems booting.

At first, when powering on, the screen would be black the battery light would flash amber repeatedly, then it would eventually power down.

I since removed the battery, the memory, and the wireless cardbus adapter and no change. I left it for a few days without doing anything, then powered it on again and the display lit up, but there was nothing on the display (no characters, etc.), then it shut itself down. I powered it again and this time it booted. It stayed up for about 10 mins. then froze. I tried rebooting and back to the same problem again. It won't boot, won't post, just a lighted display with no characters on the display, no HD activity, no posts, and after a while it shuts itself down.

Any suggestions or is this thing dead?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Inspiron 1100 Laptop Won't Boot

I was able to get into the bios.

The screen came up for a short time and it told that there was no primary hard drive found. This seems strange in that a failing HD shouldn't disable the video. Maybe it's a bad MB?
 

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I thought I would start a new thread as the old one was getting a bit longAS I said everything is functioning fine except the sound I know it must be the software as it works fine with another hard drive inIt seem that the software has never been installed from the Dell resource diskI cant find the disk so if I go to the dell site and download the audio file from there would that do the trick?

Answer:Dell Inspiron laptop pt 2 no sound

Probably click here=

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Over the last 2 days I have been having a problem as indicated in the title of this post. The fault has rectified itself 3 times, but again today, it is back to "battery plugged in, not charging." As I am running the laptop (Windows Vista Home Premium; 32 bit) on the adapter without problems, I assume that the adapter itself may not be faulty.
I also have a Dell Inspiron 630M laptop running Windows 7.  Can I safely use that adapter with the Vista laptop, without causing damage to the Vista ?  If it is safe to do so, and the battery on the Vista starts charging, then it would indicate that the Vista adapter/charger has some kind of fault.
Hoping someone can give me some guidance. Thanks.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. Battery plugged in not charging. Can I use adapter from a Dell Inspiron 630M laptop ?

If the adapter has the same plug and the same or higher power rating, you can swap them.
Check to see whether the 1545 recognizes the AC adapter or whether it shows unknown (F2 at powerup).  If it shows unknown with two different adapters, you have a bad power jack or a bad mainboard.

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Hi all
Just done a fresh install of XP Pro, now no sound, no startup/shutdown music. The sound card is OK, the speakers are working as the error bleeps etc are making there sounds. Any ideas please?
Thanks
Neil.

Answer:No sound from Dell Inspiron 6400 Laptop

It sounds like you haven't installed the sound/audio drivers, which aren't part of XP and which you should be able to get from the Dell website. There may be other drivers you need to install too - look in Device Manager for yellow exclamation marks.

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dell inspiron sound not working

Answer:my dell inspiron 1525 laptop sound not woekin

3 x postings ? did it ever work ? have you changed any settings ?have you been to Dell Support and downloaded/installed the Sound Driver ?

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop with Windows Vista Basic.  Today after plugging in a headphone set both the speaker and the headphone sound stopped working.  I have not changed any audio settings but checked them anyway and nothing was turned off or muted that I could see.  I have tried downloading and re-installing the audio drivers from the Dell support site but when I go to install them I get an error message saying that 'This is not the correct audio driver for this system. The installer will now exit.'
Any suggestions to get the sound working again? 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop sound not working

Try using System Restore. Try running the Dell Diagnostics audio tests to rule out hardware failure. See the "No Audio" FAQ for details.
en.community.dell.com/.../19772968.aspx

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The problem still exists even after Dell repaired the laptop. It took two weeks to get the repaired laptop back from Dell.

The problem is:
When I plug or unplug the charger while playing music/video on laptop, the laptop is freezing with buzzing sound for 1-2 seconds when the laptop begins charging. Even after Dell repaired the laptop, the problem still exists.
Tried installing the updated drivers, the laptop works fine only for a short period and then after some time the same freezing with buzzing sound problem comes back.
Also, if the laptop is restarted it works fine for a while and then the same freezing with buzzing sound problem comes back.

Not satisfied with the Dell and Dell repair services.
Need help with this problem.

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Recently my sound is kind of skipping. The Pc will lag a bit too & mouse lag. It seems to be fine if im not surfing or doing anything else apart from playing music, downloaded music or on CD. The soundcard is intergrated, i have downloaded and installed the drivers from the Dell site but to no avail. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks in advance.Alex

Answer:Dell Dimension 1100 sound problems

Try this...its free unless you would like to upgrade to the full version.Registry optimiser version click hereOnly difference is once scanned for errors under the trial version it will repair only 10 errors at once whereas the full version repairs all errors.Its free and even if dosnt fix your problem its a handy program to have,especially if you experience any IE problems.

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My son gave me a computer that he had reinstalled xp professional on.
I found that there were 2 yellow question marks showing at device manager.
I downloaded the chpset driver from intel (win2k_xp1417) and that fixed one of the problems but I still have no sound. The remaining question mark is the multimedia audio controller. I have not been able to locate it but I'm not sure what I'm looking for.

I did download and run Everest but did not know which report to attach.(all pages, system summary, etc)

I would really appreciate any suggestions. I'm several levels over my head, right now. I'm basically qualified only for pencil and paper.

Thanks
notbob
 

Answer:dell dimension 1100/b110 sound problems

Hello, and welcome to MajorGeeks.

Try this one.

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers...oductCode=dimension-1100&urlProductCode=False
 

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Hi, I own a Dell Inspiron N5110 i5 processor laptop with 4 GB RAM and 500 GB hard disk. Its getting 14 months since I bought it.From the last few days, I could see that the machine makes beep sound on start up till the windows starts. The sound gets disappeared after OS starts. Especially if I turn on the lap from hibernation mode, some time rebooting also make the beep sound. However, I observed a similar low tone inside the system even when the machine is running. I have been using a cooler also to reduce the heat, all keys are working fine no thing is jammed, I have performed the dell H/W diagnostics test all the results were passed. Drivers are all updated, the processor fan i also running correctly. I am wondering what can be the reason.
Please do share your thoughts and suggestions about this issue.

Answer:Continuous beep sound from my Dell inspiron n 5110 laptop on start up ??

I have tried something from another forum that I found, but do not have the link so I cannot copy and paste or give credit to the poster.  This is what I did:
1) Unplug all power from the laptop
2) Remove the battery
3) Hold down the power button for approximately 15 seconds.
4) Reattach the battery and/or plug in the power supply.
5) Power on the laptop.
This solved my problem.

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